Sofuoglu’s team-mate, Randy Krummenacher hit misfortune when his bike started to leak water and Race Direction eventually prevented him from taking part in the restarted race. In the championship Sofuoglu is now first and Krummenacher second despite Randy’s Imola no score.
Another dramatic day in the history of WorldSSP racing unfolded at Imola after heavy overnight rain. A dry contest began at a high pace but after a leak of water from Krummenacher’s machine, and then another rider’s machine falling and being left in a dangerous position, the red flag was hung out to stop the race.
With Krummenacher not allowed to make the restart Sofuoglu was the lone Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider and he rode a near faultless race to score a clear win, by 1.429 seconds from Jules Cluzel.
Sofuoglu had missed the Superpole win on Saturday by a small margin but had been on strong form since the first day of action at one of his favourite circuits. He has won three of the last four Imola races and has now grown his class leading total of WorldSSP career race wins to 34.
Kenan’s latest win lifted him to the championship lead today, with 86 points to his credit. His team-mate Krummenacher is second, with an unchanged 71 points. The next nearest championship challenger is Cluzel, 13 points behind Randy.
Kenan Sofuoglu stated: “I really believe we deserve this result. It was a very, very good weekend for us as we were always fastest, even in the wet. Only in Superpole was I not the fastest but I was just one lap late with my final push. We did a good job today at the home race for the team in Italy. I love Imola and I cannot say more because I am leading the championship again. We lost 25 points in Australia because of bad luck but this can happen in racing. Anyway we are back in the championship lead and I am very happy with today’s result.”
Randy Krummenacher stated: “The bike was running very well and I did not smell oil on the bike. The black and orange flag I saw without the number. Then I saw it for half a lap with the number 21. If I felt that I would bring the other riders in a dangerous position I would stop. But I did not feel that I would put them in danger. No one crashed because of me and they did not have to clean the track, because the water that was lost was a few drops – but it might have looked like a lot. I accept the Race Direction decision and let’s look forward to Malaysia.”
Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) impressed again as the top ESS (part time) rider in the WorldSSP class; fifth overall today. GoEleven team rider Ondrej Jezek was seventh but his team-mate Christian Gamarino ended up a dramatic day out of the points. Illia Mikhalchik (DS Racing Kawasaki) was 13thand second in the ESS rankings. Another ESS rider, Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) placed 14thand scored two points at his home track.
The next round takes place on Sunday 14 May, at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
2016 Supersport World Championship Leaderboard after Round 5: